Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Diss MISS USA change the age limit?

​A. The ‪‎Miss Universe‬ Organization has changed the maximum age to compete in the MISS age division from 26 to 28 effective for the 2017 Year. All MISS age division contestants must be at least 18 and under 28 as of January 1, 2017; which means MISS contestants can be no older than 27 (previously 25) as of January 1, 2017. **NOTE: the 2017 Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant Winners will compete in the 2018 State Pageant, which means the age deadline for this year's  Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant is January 1, 2018.

Q. Did MISS TEEN USA eliminate the Swimwear Competition?
A. Yes,  effective for the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Pageant, the TEEN Age Division Contestants will no longer compete in a Swimwear Competition, and will instead compete in the Active Wear Competition. MISS Age Division Contestants will still compete in the Swimwear Competition. Below are examples of the Active Wear Competition from the 2016 MISS TEEN USA Pageant.

Q. Is there a change in the MISS TEEN USA Age Requirement?
A. Yes. Taking effect for the 2016 State Pageant Season: Teens have to be at least 14 and under 19 as of January 1, 2016 - for Miss, they have to be at least 18 and under 27 as of January 1, 2016. The oldest a Teen can be to compete in the Teen Division is 18 years old & the youngest a Teen can be is 14 as of January 1, 2016. The oldest a Miss can be to compete in the Miss Division is 26 and the youngest a Miss can be is 18 as of January 1, 2016 **NOTE: the 2017 Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant Winners will compete in the 2018 State Pageant, which means the age deadline for this year's  Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant is January 1, 2018.

Q. What is the Date and Site of the Miss Upper Peninsula USA & Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageants?
A. April 28-29, 2017, at the Forest Roberts Theatre in Marquette, Michigan.

Q. Why is there a limit of 25 Contestants allowed to compete in either the Miss or Teen Divisions?
A. The Miss Upper Peninsula USA & Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageant is still a fairly new program and we want to ensure we are able to produce a high quality safe event that is the best experience possible for our Contestants. We are in the process of building our budget and staff and currently feel we can accommodate 50 Contestants (25 Teens & 25 Miss) at this time. In the future we may raise the limit. 

Q. Who produces the Miss Upper Peninsula USA & Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageants?
A. JLSW Design, LLC (Owned by Jennifer Skogman-Wagner) is an independent producer of and for the Miss Upper Peninsula USA & Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageants as an official recruiter for the Miss Michigan USA & Miss Michigan Teen USA Pageants, independently produced by Proctor Productions.

Q. When will the MISS USA® pageant be televised?
A. The MISS USA® Pageant is scheduled for national broadcast each year. The loacal Miss Upper Peninsula USA Pageant will not be televised.

Q. Will the MISS TEEN USA Pageant be televised?
A. The MISS TEEN USA Pageant is typically held in August each year and at the present time is NOT scheduled to be televised. The MISS TEEN USA Pageant will be scheduled for UStream ­ online webcast, the local Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA currently will not be UStream broadcast, but we hope to webstream in the future.

Q. Is the state pageant or local pageant televised?
A. NO....the state pageant and local pageant are NOT televised. 

Q. I missed my deadline.... can I still apply?
A. Many factors are taken into consideration. Email the local pageant office at

Q. I have never competed in a pageant before. Does that matter?
A. No. Quite often contestants are first time competitors. Experience is not a requirement to participate.

Q. I am short.....Do you have to be tall to win?
A. Absolutely not! Whether you are 4 foot tall or 6 foot tall ... it doesn't matter. Each year there is a wide range of body types. We are looking for outgoing, intelligent, confident, attractive young women who are excited to be a part of our pageant system.

Q. Am I too young or too old?
A. Over the years there have had titleholders of various ages. It really depends on the contestant. A winner may be any age so long as she is within the age requirements provided by The Miss Universe Organization.

Q. How is the pageant judged?
A. Each contestant will be judged in three areas of competition; Interview, Swimsuit and Evening Gown. Judging criteria includes poise, confidence, character and personality.

Q. How are judges selected?
A. We are hard at work all year searching for outstanding individuals to serve on our judging panel. Our judges volunteer their services and are from various walks of life. They may have backgrounds in any of the following areas: community and business leadership, media, merchandising/design, education, performers, travel, talent management, fashion, casting, arts or sports.

Q. Is there a talent portion of the competition?
A. NO, there is no performing talent required.

Q. Will the photo I send with my application be used in the Pageant Program?
A. No, if selected you will be required to send an official head shot of your choosing which will be featured on the website as well as the program book.

Q. How many Contestants are in the Pageant?
A. The number of contestants will change daily as contestants apply and withdraw from the pageant. We do not know how many contestants will be in the pageant until pageant day registration. We will NOT quote a number of contestants at any time before the pageant.

Q. Is a "specific" person in the pageant?
A. All contestant information is confidential. We cannot disclose to you whether or not any specific person is or is not competing.

Q. How much time will my participation in the pageant require?
A. Only the days of the pageant. A detailed schedule will be provided.

Q. If I win, will it interfere with my education?
A. No. We make school a number one priority.

Q. If I win, how much time will be required? Will it interfere with my education?
A. No. We make school a number one priority. The time involved should you become your state titleholder varies. We make every effort to assist you in obtaining appearances but realize that your education and family are a high priority. Again, this is on an individual basis and requires much coordination, communication and cooperation between the titleholder and pageant office. Appearances will be only in the Upper Peninsula and may include parades, speaking engagements, charitable events, trade shows, etc. Almost all appearances and charity work will take place during the weekend and will be scheduled in advance.

Q. Do I have to compete in a preliminary to compete at the State Level Pageant?
A. No, you do not have to compete in a preliminary to compete at the state level, however competing in a preliminary is beneficial as it offers experience to better prepare contestants for the next level of competition. Also should you win this preliminary, your entry and advertisement fees will be paid for by the Local Pageant Director, and you will receive valuable training and prizes to help you better prepare for the state level pageant.

Q. Should I bring a gift for the other contestants?
A. No.

Q. When will contestant photos be on the website?
A. Contestant photos will be scheduled to post a minimum of 4 days prior to the pageant.

Q. Do I need a "pageant coach"?
A. Even though some contestants seek the advice of a coach, we do not see their success reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant each year. While some contestants feel more prepared when they work with an experienced person who can give them tips on competition, many young women have won titles without any outside training.

Q. What is a sponsor and how does sponsorship work?
A. A sponsor is an individual or business who gives you money or provides a service to enable you to participate in the pageant. Start with a list of potential sponsors such as friends, family members and their employers, etc. This will take time and commitment. Schedule appointments to collect your sponsorships. When approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals and your desire to improve yourself by participating in the pageant. This will also be beneficial in developing your communication skills.

Q. Do I have to spend a lot of money on my wardrobe? 
A. No, It is not necessary to spend a fortune on an interview outfit, swimsuit and evening gown. It is more important to select outfits that make you feel confident, that best suit your body type and personality. Each year the personal choice of gowns spans from simple without beads to hand beaded. It is never the gown the judges are scoring; it’s the young woman wearing it. You might consider securing a Gown Shop, Hair and Nail Salon, etc. as a sponsor. 

Q. Can I have a personal hair stylist or make-up artist backstage?
A. Contestants are NOT permitted to provide hair stylists or make-up artists backstage. They must style their own hair and apply their own make-up. However if you plan to stay on your own in the host city you are able to have make-up artists and hair stylists in your personal hotel room or make use of local stylists during the times that you are officially released from the Pageant.

Q. What if I have a tattoo or body piercing?
A. We feel that tattoos and piercings are a statement of your individuality. We have not prohibited anyone from entering the pageant because of them. Should you feel that your tattoo might be offensive, you may want to make sure it is covered by your swimwear, gown or even body makeup. If you are uncomfortable with your naval piercing, you may want to make sure your wardrobe covers it, remove it totally or replace it with something smaller for pageant competition.

Q. Can you tell me my scores so I can prepare for next year or the State Pageant?
A. Yes, as an Official Recuiter's Pageant, we are helping contestants advance to the next level of the pageant. If interested in your scores, please email after the pageant. The State level pageant DOES NOT release scores from the State Competition.